During the summer months, the picturesque towns and villages are teeming with visitors. The clapboard houses, painted white, red, ochre or blue, often have a red-tiled roof, and often face the sea. Such houses and cabins are available for hire, as are boats and canoes.
The summer holiday can very well be spent in a boat, along the Norwegian Riviera, mooring on a secluded island to go swimming, or visiting historic locations like Lyngør or Merdø. Fishing is good along the entire coast, and the smooth rock slopes typical of the Southern Norwegian archipelago are perfect for sunbathing. There are also many good beaches to choose from.
The towns of Risør, Tvedestrand, Arendal, Grimstad, Lillesand and Mandal are spread like a string of pearls along the coastline. These are former timber ports that grew when shipbuilding became an industry, and the seafarers brought home inspiration and knowledge from the European main ports.
Other southern towns like Flekkefjord, Farsund, Lyngdal and Kristiansand are also located by the sea. With their narrow streets, the low-rise wooden houses centred around market squares and harbours, an abundance of flowers and various shops, cafés and fine restaurants, these towns are popular with visitors.
The Norwegian Riviera is calmer off season, and with merely a few hours between the sea and the high mountains, many visitors choose to come then and enjoy the activities that the region has to offer. Hiking along the coast or to mountain summits, fishing and cycling are all popular activities.
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The Norwegian Riviera has been the number one summer holiday destination for Norwegians for decades, while remaining a hidden gem for many visitors.
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